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Just what it sounds like

Happy Canada Day, hosers! What are you doing? I’ve been working all morning and afternoon, but am going surfing in about an hour.

Working on what? Hub shiners for starters…

Shiners 009 (Large)

Made of light brown leather and fixed with brass snaps, these hang on your hubs and shine ’em up!

Shiners 003 (Large)

To be honest, I didn’t even know these were a thing, but had a Bike Hounds customer request some.

Thanks for doing the research, Robert!

Shiners 006 (Large)

Available soon in the shop and at Bike Hounds.


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Can You Handle It?

Today I stitched up a pair of grips for the handlebars of Mike – the other half of Dear Edna‘s Erin.

His bike is an awesome black Raleigh with a perfectly worn Brooks saddle and I happened to have a piece of leather that matched it to a T.

Love how they turned out. Love this leather. It distresses so nicely.

Tune in next week. I’ll be posting pictures of this week’s moccasins and listing them in the Etsy shop – a pair of size 9s made to warm winter toes.

If you’re strapped for Friday evening activities in Hamilton, the AGH Fall Art Show and Sale is on and the Dinner Belles are playing the Corktown. Score(k)town!


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Sign Up

Two things today. First off, here’s my piece on Hamilton’s vintage signs. Do have a look at the similar stories on all the other OpenFile city sites because there are interesting reads across the country. Or maybe I’m biassed by my love of old signs?

Secondly, one of the secret projects I was working on last week – a custom handlebar/rear rack bag for Courtney of The Beehive. Her sneaky Dad commissioned this for her birthday.

I’m pretty happy with it. I’ve been meaning to put together a couple larger bar bags with a removable purse strap for ages now so it was good to have the chance with this one.

Specs? This guy is 10 (tall) x 8 (wide) x 4.5 (deep) inches. Done in a veg-tanned leather that I hand-stained black. Hand-tooled design was painted with three coats of resist to achieve the lighter colouring on the letters and leaves.

Solid silver hardware includes roller buckles on the rear straps (to reduce friction over the life of the leather) and swivel snaps on the removable shoulder strap so you don’t get any twisting.

Silver swing lock. Hundreds of hand-stitches done with waxed linen thread.

I’m putting a deposit listing for custom bar bags in the shop right now.

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Hold On

Last week, Jenna asked about leather hand grips for her freshly restored Raleigh.

I was more than happy to do it because this is something I’ve been meaning to get in the shop for a while now. It was good to have the request come in and push me to action.

Made with a soft, honey-coloured leather. Stitched with waxed linen thread for maximum hold. Ready to withstand winter, spring, summer and fall.

Heading into the shop this morning.


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To The Bar

A new handlebar bag – this one is smaller than the last one I did (7 x 5.5 inches) and made of a lightweight chrome-tanned leather instead of the super thick red latigo I used previously.

An antiqued brass swing lock. Brass roller buckles on the rear. Hand-stitched with waxed linen thread.

Because this guy is a much lighter leather than I normally use, I’m not putting it in the Etsy shop. I want buyers to be able to feel it first so it’s going straight to Bike Hounds.

But while we’re on the topic of Etsy, I’m amalgamating my two shops. There will still be two separate lines (Shoot from the Hip and Hide & Cyc), it’s just kind of a pain to have multiple accounts. Updating the shops, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, this site, the SFTH site and the H&C site is making me crazy, so I’ll be slowly streamlining some things around my webspaces this week.

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